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Solon Company Designed Parachutes For Spacecraft

HDT Airborne Systems, a part of Solon-based HDT Global, designed the parachute system for Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft.

On Wednesday, Boeing dropped a spacecraft from a helicopter above the Nevada desert in a test of its parachute system.

That parachute system was designed by HDT Global, which has been headquartered in Solon on Aurora Road since 2010.

The Crew Space Transportation spacecraft is being developed by Boeing in partnership with NASA, with hopes that it will one day ferry U.S. astronauts and cargo to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station, according to a news release from NASA.

The successful parachute test was conducted at Delmar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, Nev. A helicopter dropped the spacecraft from 10,000 feet up. An earlier test was conducted in April, and more tests are planned.

The parachute system was designed by HDT Airborne Systems, a business unit of HDT Global.

HDT Global develops military and commercial in a wide range of fields, including aerospace and robotics.

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